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bobtail

[bob-teyl]
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noun
  1. a short or docked tail.
  2. an animal with such a tail.
adjective
  1. Also bob·tailed. having a bobtail.
  2. cut short; docked; cropped.
  3. shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.
verb (used with object)
  1. to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.

Origin of bobtail

First recorded in 1535–45; bob2 + tail1
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Examples from the Web for bobtail

Historical Examples

  • But Bobtail did not laugh, for Monkey was a friend, and a brother, in the generic sense.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • He asked a thousand questions which Bobtail could not answer, and a thousand more which he did answer.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • "I always mean to keep myself straight, sir," added Bobtail.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • We will grant that Bobtail delivered your letter to you all right.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Then Bobtail said he had a letter for you, and I told him to put it on your desk.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic


British Dictionary definitions for bobtail

bobtail

noun
  1. a docked or diminutive tail
  2. an animal with such a tail
adjective Also: bobtailed
  1. having the tail cut short
verb (tr)
  1. to dock the tail of
  2. to cut short; curtail

Word Origin

C16: from bob ² + tail 1
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